Unrated, 1 hr. 39 min. Directed by: Christian Duguay. Release Date: Nov 01, 2007. DVD Release Date: Aug 25, 2009.
****REPOSTED FROM THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH NEW EDITS AND COMMENTS****
Engaging, eager to use what passes for its 'star power', and fast-paced. A mildly successful, post-modern Lord of the Flies.
With a few minor exceptions, I think this is a pretty decent set-up in terms of story line and flow. I basically really enjoyed this movie, although it is not what could be called a "great movie". Mila Kunis is better than usual here, and the role really works for her for the most part. For the first time, I really wanted to see more of her (as in time on screen and not more of her without clothing).
Mila Kunis still struggles to match her accent to those you might expect coming from someone with her characters' background. I didn't buy that any parent, even the winners you see portrayed here, would be okay with signing over two years of their children's lives with no say as to how those two years were run out. I guess these camps exist, but it just feels off. Considering she's ESL, her ability to have cobbled together something within the acceptable range for "American" accents is very impressive... but her accent doesn't exactly scream upper-class girl from west of the Rockies.
There are a few bits of nastiness here, and I'd struggle to list them all without giving up more than a bit of the story.